FirstStep Cybersecurity Initiative

Kickstarting Your Career

What is the FirstStep Cybersecurity Initiative?


Fully sponsored CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+ exams


Course training material needed to self learn and pass the exams


Partnership with an experienced industry veteran as a mentor to offer guidance

Is enough being done to future-proof the Cybersecurity workforce?

One of Aspiron’s core founding objectives is to have a positive and lasting impact on the Cybersecurity sector.

The future of our industry depends on the next generation of Cybersecurity professionals being trained and successfully transitioning into positions. For an aspiring security professional, achieving this can be a minefield with expensive boot camps, endless training courses and conflicting advice.

Having to pay thousands of dollars at the start of your career can make this hugely difficult.

FREE Cybersecurity exam vouchers & industry mentorship

Our FirstStep Cybersecurity Initiative is designed to make your dream career in cybersecurity a reality. To help launch new talent into the cyber market, we offer a monthly opportunity to kickstart your career with a solid foundation of security knowledge via the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ exams.

As well as free accreditation, selected applicants will also be partnered with an industry veteran who will provide mentorship, advice and guidance on passing these exams and assistance securing your first industry role. Aspirin will then introduce you to our network of companies and hiring managers who hire and develop entry-level talent to enable you to start your career.

Could you be a FirstStep Mentor?

If you’re an experienced Cybersecurity professional looking to give back to the industry and help the next generation of talent, then we need you!

We’re looking to add to our network of security professionals willing to mentor and advise aspiring candidates. Your help is invaluable whether you’re a CISO leading large security programs, or just generally feel that you have the experience and guidance to help people land their first security role.

Please use the Apply to Mentor form below if you would like to be part of the FirstStep Cybersecurity Initiative and have a true impact on the future of the Cybersecurity workforce.

Keith Price

Keith is an industry veteran who has held senior security positions for the DoD and numerous enterprise firms. He is committed to helping the next generation of security graduates and veterans and is heavily involved in mentor programmes with CAPSLOCK & ACP.

Mike Privette
CISO & Board Advisor

Alongside his CISO day job, Mike is an advisor to numerous cybersecurity start-ups. He runs Secure the Job, a newsletter promoting new cybersecurity positions, and the Security Funded newsletter giving a weekly breakdown of new investment in the sector.

Josh Fullmer
Cybersecurity Recruiter

Josh has been building world-class security teams for the past 7 years for leading OT security firm, Dragos, and Idaho National Labs. He is committed to helping the next generation of cybersecurity pros and shares hugely valuable content on his LinkedIn helping people land that first role.

Apply Now

Tell us about your journey into the professional Cyber community so far, and what selection for the FirstStep Cybersecurity Initiative would mean for you.

Please note that the next cohort intake will start on the 1st of January 2024.

Apply To Mentor

We’re always looking to expand our network of senior Cybersecurity professionals interested in giving back to the next generation of talent.

If you would like to apply to mentor upcoming Cyber specialists, please get in touch below: